Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Senior softball begins second half

BY ED ENGLER
Special to Highlands Today

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Michigan native and Tigers/Wolverines devotee Doran Quigg worked 37 years as a maintenance supervisor for Corning Glass in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

In his spare time he played semi-pro baseball and fast pitch softball. He estimates he played against The King And His Court 30 times.

At age 83 he is the second oldest player in the Lake Placid league, and imparts his years of wisdom on the diamond by managing the Yates Insurance team.

His favorite player was Hank Greenburg, and he vividly remembers when the Tiger hero returned from the battlefields of World War II to help lead his Tigers to victory in the 1945 World Series.

"Greenburg was an American hero in every sense of the word," Quigg recently reminisced over hot dogs at the postgame grill.

On Monday, Manager Quigg led his Yates Eleven to a 25-17 victory over First Half Co-Champion Seminole Tire.

The Insurers pounded out 39 hits, with Howard Carney (double) and Brian Heaphy each recording four apiece.

For The 'Noles, "Wahoo" Stanley and Tom Ashley notched four hits each, while Ed Engler logged six RBIs.

First Half Co-Champion Central Security routed Schooni's Restaurant 27-8. Mel Gross paced The Securitymen with five hits, while JC Brown (three doubles), Moe Pier, Larry Oser, and Fred Moore (double) had four hits each.

For Schooni's, Elston Hedges (double, triple) had four hits.

On Wednesday, The Quiggmen made it two in a row with a 21-15 triumph over Schooni's (0-2).

Quigg (triple), Richard Rucker (double), and Howard Carney (double) each had four hits, while Bill Gallagher slugged a double and triple.

For Schooni's, Elston Hedges slugged a home run and Norm Grubbs hit three doubles.

Central Security also made it two in a row with a 26-16 win over injury-depleted Seminole Tire (0-2). The game was close until a last inning uprising by Central plated 11 runs to seal the victory.

Pacing the Securitymen with five hits each were owner Dana Hurlbut and Dick Cook. Joe Hedges hammered a triple and a home run, while Woody Hoffman and Dave Londo had four hits each.

For Seminole Tire, Skip Raller had five hits and "Wahoo" Stanley smashed a grand slam home run.

For further league information, visit lpsoftball.com.

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